October 15th, 2010
Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports
The male of the species is not the only one who believes he is above the law. It appears Michelle Obama may have violated Illinois state election laws on Thursday by openly campaigning inside a polling place.
The first lady spoke to admirers and posed for pictures after casting a ballot inside Chicago’s Martin Luther King Center on Thursday. According to one of the people she spoke with, 56-year-old electrician Dennis Campbell, “She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going.” A Chicago Sun-Times reporter apparently said this took place inside the center.
Engaging in any political discussion is illegal within 100 feet of any polling place in Illinois – and indeed, in many other states. That is why, for instance, no campaign flyers or literature is allowed within many feet of an election site.